6x – 2y = 2 8x + 3y = 14. Explain how knowing how to find the least common multiple (LCM) of two numbers can help you solve the system of equations presented here by eliminating the x-terms.

Accepted Solution

The LCM of 6 and 8 is 24. Knowing this, multiply the first equation by 4 and the second by −3 to get opposite coefficients. Then, add the equations to eliminate x.